<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:25:48 -0800 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:25:48 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cops Hone in on 2 Suspects in Teen's Killing]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:12:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/daniel4.JPG

A juvenile has been arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder charges and another suspect is being sought in connection to the killing of 14-year-old San Diego resident Anna Hernandez.

News of the suspects came Friday night, hours after Nelly Espinoza, a 12-year-old friend of the homicide victim, was found safe in Tijuana.

Nelly was found in Tijuana by her grandfather. Her grandfather notified Baja California State Preventive Police and then brought his granddaughter to the border, police said in a news release. 

Officials then escorted Nelly to meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and San Diego police officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday afternoon, officials said. There, she was reunited with her mother after being interviewed by San Diego police.

Just before 10 p.m., San Diego police issued a news release, stating that a minor was booked in juvenile hall in connection to Anna Hernandez's murder. Police would not release the minor's name.

Meanwhile, police said a second suspect, 19-year-old Daniel Flores, is being sought by investigators.

Nelly and Anna were last seen together in Grant Hill on Nov. 13. Anna’s body was found five days later wrapped in a blanket in a canyon at 29th and Market streets – just behind an apartment complex in the Grant Hill area where the girl lived.

SDPD investigators said the body was decomposed and homicide detectives launched an investigation, but did not immediately identify the body as the teenage girl.

San Diego police said Friday afternoon that Nelly was not the victim of any crime, nor was she injured during her disappearance.

Further details on her case were not yet released on Friday afternoon.

The whereabouts of a third girl tied to this case, Janeth Mendoza, 16, are still unknown. She has not been seen by her loved ones since Oct. 28, police said.

Janeth is described as 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She has several tattoos, including a Chargers bolt on her neck, the word "Bella" on her right forearm and "Perla" on her left forearm.

Police characterized the disappearances of Nelly and Janeth as runaways and said they were interested in talking with them, as the teens could have information about Anna because they were the last people to be seen with her.

Police confirmed Saturday morning that the case against the unnamed juvenile suspect has been handed over to the San Diego District Attorney's office.

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<![CDATA['Spice' Use Prevalent in San Diego: SD Fire Rescue ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:01:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bad+spice1.PNG

A community emergency erupted after a bad batch of the drug spice was distributed earlier this week.

San Diego Fire-Rescue said its sign of just how prevalent spice use is right now locally.

But there was one aspect emergency responders didn't expect - the challenge of teens ending up victims of toxic spice.

“We had some young people that were impacted, which is kind of unusual as far as the severity and the number of young people,” said Mike Finnerty, Battalion Chief, San Diego Fire Rescue.

Emergency responders were not only faced with getting five kids to the hospital, one of whom was only 13 years old, but because some of the teens were high on the drug, they actually created a problem for first responders.

Synthetic marijuana or spice can cause hallucination, psychosis and agitation.

“A lot of times they don't really understand, because of the impact of the substance, what's happening to them,” Finnerty told NBC7.

Finnerty explained that's what happened as firefighters rushed to help a teenage girl. Other teens, also on Spice, wouldn't let firefighters get to the teen.

“The crew had to call for police back up in order to be able to access that patient,” said Finnerty.

Teenagers fall under implied consent because they are not adults.

“We're obligated to care for the patient,” Finnerty explained. “You have to balance as far as how far you push in to try to gain access to the patient versus your own safety and backing away and calling in for police to assist.”

Right now firefighters call Spice use the middle of a trend and say the community needs to be aware of it.

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<![CDATA['Calm, But Crazy': Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect ID'd]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:54:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Colorado+Gunman.jpg

A man armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and opened fire, killing three people, including a police officer, and injuring nine others during the ensuing five-hour standoff, NBC News reported.

Police identified the gunman as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina, the Associated Press reported.

Dear began firing in the parking lot of the facility on Centennial Boulevard and then entered the building, a law enforcement official told NBC News. The shooting unfolded Friday during a regular working day, as patients waited for appointments and staff members attended to them.

The gunman "seemed calm, but crazy," Kentanya Craion said, describing the man in a hunter's jacket and hat as "mumbling and ranting while he was shooting."

The slain officer was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police department. The nine wounded were taken to area hospitals and reported in good condition, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said.

President Obama condemned the violence in a statement Sunday and called for action on gun control.

"Enough is enough," he said.

Photo Credit: Colorado Springs Police Department
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<![CDATA[Beloved Restaurant in Carlsbad Closing ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:34:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/armenian+cafe.JPG

When he was 21 years old, Eddy Shakarjian’s family fled Lebanon during the war and made a home in north San Diego, opening a family business, The Armenian Café. Now, after 27 years in business, the beloved restaurant plans to shutter its doors.

“We’re gonna miss this location. It’s unique,” Shakarjian, the owner, told NBC 7. “There are a lot of memories.”

The restaurant is family-owned and operated in every sense. Shakarjian's daughter, Leah, is the manager. His sons, Matthew and Andrew, also work there.

But soon, all of this will change.

A hotel, a Springhill Suites by Marriott, is being built at the site of the restaurant, and Shakarjian said his business has to be out by the start of the New Year.

In 2007, the Carlsbad City Council approved plans for the 104-room, three-story hotel. The new hotel will take over the site currently occupied by The Armenian Café, the 28-room Surf Motel, and a single-family house.

A fixture in Carlsbad for the last three decades, Shakarjian is determined to keep his family business going -- some way, somehow. He's hoping the restaurant can perhaps take up shop inside the new hotel.

“I’ve been here 27 years,” Shakarjian said. “My kids were raised here and it's gonna be a tough one, but we're gonna do it and hopefully the landlords will come through and we'll be in the new building down the road. There’s no restaurant in there right now, but we hope we can do it."

If this plan doesn't pan out, Shakarjian said he's also looking into other locations for his restaurant, including a site near his home in Vista.

For more information on The Armenian Café, visit this website. For now, the café, will remain open through the end of 2015.

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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving DUI Arrests and Fatalities Up ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:55:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dui+checkpoint2.JPG

Traffic fatalities and DUI arrests on Thanksgiving were up this year from last year statewide, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Across the state, officers arrested 372 drivers for DUI, up from 334 last year, and there were twice as many fatalities in 2015.

There were 14 fatalities across the state in 2015 while last year there were 7.

In San Diego, DUI arrests were slightly down -  22 this year compared to 23 last year, but fatalities were up. There were two this year and none last year.

Five of the people killed weren’t wearing seat belts and one was a pedestrian fatality.

The statistics are from Wednesday at 6 p.m. to Friday at 6 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Survivor: Colorado Gunman 'Was Aiming for My Head']]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:14:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_271813232552.jpg

A man who came face-to-face with a gunman at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic Friday said he felt "helpless" as he watched the shooter, who killed three people and injured nine others, NBC News reported.

Ozy Licano, 61, of Manzinola, Colorado,had driven some friends to the Colorado Springs clinic and was at a nearby Costco while they waited for their appointment.

When Licano returned, he was shocked to find bullets flying into the clinic's entry way as the the gunman shot "up and down," shattering the glass door.

"I just kind of lost it there. I tried to get out of my car and run. I thought about that, and I said no. I got back in the car, started it, put it in reverse," he said.

The shooter, identified as 57-year-old Robert Dear, turned his focus away from the clinic and took aim at Licano as he frantically tried to back up.

"He was looking directly at my face, and he was aiming for my head. I could see it in his eyes," Licano said.

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<![CDATA[Aztecs Fall To West Virginia In Las Vegas]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:47:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*124/GettyImages-499008378+%281%29.jpg

The Aztecs needed a lot more than some Vegas luck against West Virginia in the Intercontinental Tire Invitational Championship. The Mountaineers defense crushed the Aztecs, to claim the tournament title with a 72-50 win.

It was a tale of 21 turnovers for the Aztecs that lead to 30 West Virginia points. The Aztecs had just seven points off 15 Mountaineer turnovers. But turnovers were not the only problem. SDSU shot 34.2 percent, making just 13 field goals. None of which came from their nine attempts from beyond the arc. 
Freshman Jeremy Hemsley was the only Aztec to reach double figures in scoring with 14 points. He also led in rebounds for the Aztecs with four and tied for most assists with one. That’s right, just one assist was needed to lead the Aztecs. The Aztecs had three compared to the Mountaineers 12.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and the Aztecs may want to leave this loss there as they prepare to travel to Long Beach State on Tuesday. The Aztecs drop to 4-3 on the season. 

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<![CDATA[Putin Orders Economic Sanctions Against Turkey After Downing of Plane]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:16:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_187574577692.jpg

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.

The decree published on the Kremlin's website Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the event and wished it hadn't occurred.

The decree includes a ban on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts for Turks working in Russia. It doesn't specify what goods are to be banned or give other details, but it also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for Russian tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages that would include a stay in Turkey. 

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<![CDATA[At Gunpoint, Woman Forced to Drive to ATM]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:00:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights5.jpg

Police are searching for a man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint in Mission Valley East, forcing her to withdraw money from an ATM and take him shopping at a liquor store.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said the victim was at 4404 El Cajon Blvd. at around 10:30 p.m. when she got into the driver’s seat of her car, leaving the door open for a moment.

Just then, a stranger approached the 23-year-old woman’s car and tapped a gun against the frame of the vehicle. The suspect then hopped into the backseat of the victim’s car and ordered her to drive to an ATM.

Once at the ATM, police said the woman was forced to take out an unknown amount of cash from her bank account.

But the suspect was still not satisfied.

Police said he then made the victim drive to a nearby liquor store where she was ordered to go inside and buy several items from the store for the suspect. After the victim handed over the items, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The victim was not harmed, police said. The suspect was only described as a man with curly hair wearing a dark-colored jacket.

No further details were released. The investigation is ongoing, and police are considering this case a kidnapping and robbery.

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<![CDATA[Rain, Chilly Temps Sweep San Diego]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:32:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rain-1126-SD.JPG

Showers and chilly temperatures swept San Diego County amid the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Locals woke up to slick roadways and rainfall Friday as many headed out to malls for Black Friday shopping. NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick said scattered showers were moving throughout the county, bringing steady, heavy rainfall.

“We’re seeing the rain become more scattered through mid-morning and isolated showers this afternoon,” Southwick explained. “Snow continues to fall in our mountains, down to 4000-feet, in fact, so places like Julian and maybe even Pine Valley could see some snowmen pop up.”

He said coastal, inland and mountain regions would continue to see rain throughout Friday, with temperatures in the lower-60s at the coast, breezy highs in the upper-50s inland and highs in the upper-30s in the mountains, plus snow flurries there. The deserts will experience a mix of broken clouds and a few sprinkles, with temps in the upper-50s, Southwick said.

At night, Southwick said the storm will move out, leaving behind clearing skies and very cold temperatures. He said snow will continue to fall in our mountains into Friday evening and possibly early Saturday morning.

As of 9:25 a.m., Southwick said between a half-inch to four inches of snow had fallen in the mountains. Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain saw much of that fresh powder.

He forecasted temps in the mid-40s for the coast, mid-30s inland, upper-20s in the mountains and lower-30s in the deserts Friday, and said it should be even colder Saturday night throughout the county – though a bit warmer during the day.

To that end, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a freeze watch for San Diego Friday in effect through Saturday morning. Another freeze watch will be in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning, the NWS confirmed.

Areas impacted by this freeze watch include central and eastern San Diego County valleys, including Ramona, Jamul, Alpine and other country regions. Valley Center and Rainbow Valley would also be affected, the NWS said, by “several hours of sub-freezing temperatures.”

Those temps will likely be between 26 and 32 degrees.

The chilly weather can harm unprotected crops, sensitive plants and pets who are outside, so the NWS said locals should take precaution to protect their crops and bring their pets indoors in a house or barn.

Get weather updates from NBC 7 here, plus track the rain with our interactive radar and map tools.

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<![CDATA[Target Groping Victim Discouraged From Calling 911]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:14:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Target-Balboa-Ave-Suspect-11041.jpg

A local woman groped at a Target said Friday she had been dissuaded by store employees from reporting the incident to police.

She was so bothered by the ordeal that she later called police from her car.

“When I called dispatch … they were appalled that they weren’t called to the scene,” she told NBC 7.

Now the woman’s case rests in the hands of prosecutors at San Diego City’s Attorney Office, who have received investigative tips from police about the assailant’s identity.

The woman, who did not wish to be identified out of fear for her safety, spoke to NBC 7 on Friday about the incident.

She said she was shopping at the Target store in Clairemont on Halloween night when the man approached her, asking for a date.

She politely declined, but he persisted.

“I said, ‘Excuse me. Enough.' And he kept coming at me and he grabbed me and groped me,” she said.

He then rushed away, she said. And what happened next was also upsetting: Store employees discouraged her from calling 911.

“When I was in the store, you know, I wasn’t in my right mind. I was hysterical,” she said. “But I did not know what constitutes a sexual assault. I knew it was wrong what happened to me and it was scary and wrong and awful and I felt violated.”

After local TV news stations ran the story, which include surveillance footage of the suspect, a number of people called police with tips of his identity.

As she waits for the investigation process to unfold, the woman says she has important message to other women:

“If anybody touches you in any way, it is not OK,” she said. “And you immediately need to call 911 from your cellphone … The appropriate action is to call authorities immediately because sadly someone isn’t going to do it for you.”

Attempts to reach Target on Friday were unsuccessful.

Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Sisters Hugged Before Dying in Crash: CHP]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:34:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula+Vista+sisters+1127.jpg

Two sisters were killed in a crash on Interstate 805 in San Diego early Friday morning and one witness said he saw the pair hug moments after their car spun out, just before another vehicle hit their stalled car.

The accident happened on slick roadways as rain fell around 1:30 a.m. on southbound I-805 in National City, just south of State Route 54.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the two sisters – identified as  20-year-old Veronica Moreno and 27-year-old Monica Moreno, both of Chula Vista – were together in a truck when the slippery roads caused their vehicle to spin out and hit a center divide.

After the truck carrying the women struck the median, their car stalled out in the fast lane. Investigators said the two women got out of the car and that’s when a red sedan drove up behind them and accidentally hit the truck and then hit the sisters.

Both women died at the scene.

The sisters were described by family members as"best friends." Veronica Moreno had attended Southwestern College and enrolled in the U.S. Air Force, but an injury cut short her training, according to a GoFundMe page set up by the sisters' cousins.

Monica Moreno attended Castle Park High School in Chula Vista and worked as a register clerk at Concorde College.

"Both of the girls had so many goals and dreams for their futures and they were taken from (family) way too soon," the GoFundMe page stated.

CHP investigators said one witness told them they saw the sister who was driving get out of the car and run to the passenger side just before the collision. Both women got out of the car and gave each other a hug seconds before the sedan fatally struck them.

Investigators said the driver in the red sedan remained at the scene and told officers that he didn’t know he had hit anyone until he walked over to the sisters’ truck and found nobody inside.

There were four people inside the red sedan and no one in that vehicle was injured in the crash.

The CHP said officers had been responding to multiple spin-outs on slick roads across San Diego County overnight. Officials want to remind drivers to slow down on the streets when it is raining.

On Friday afternoon, the sisters' family members said the two were best friends and the only children of their parents.

"These two beautiful sisters will be missed! They knew how to brighten up a room! Inseparable these two. Now angels in heaven," said cousin Jason Gutierrez.

The GoFundMe page had been set up to help the sisters' family members.

<![CDATA[Weekend Events: Nov. 26-29]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:23:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/170*120/467651323.jpg

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! A very cool jazz festival, a pop-up speakeasy party and some pre-turkey 5K runs will leave you feeling energized and, of course, thankful for another fun-filled weekend in America’s Finest City.

Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day)

36th Annual San Diego Jazz Festival
Times Vary (Nov. 25-29), Town & Country Resort & Convention Center
The Town & Country Convention Center will host this 36th annual celebration of jazz set to feature performances by dozens of musicians across traditional jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing and rockabilly styles. Some artists will perform in large concert rooms, while others in smaller, intimate “listening” rooms. The San Diego Jazz Festival runs through Sunday, and five bands will play between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday. The music continues Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Encinitas Turkey Trot & Food Drive
7:30 a.m., Coast Hwy. 101 (under the famous “Encinitas” sign)
Jumpstart your Thanksgiving “wobble” with a scenic 10K and 5K along the Pacific Coast in Encinitas. The Turkey Trot starts and ends under the “Encinitas” sign along Coast Hwy. 101. The route then passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue before rising above some epic surf breaks and winding down to Cardiff State Beach. Participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes, and three prizes will be awarded to those with the best getups. Bonus: many of the proceeds from this race will benefit North County Community Services Food Bank.

San Diego Run for the Hungry
7 a.m., Horton Plaza Mall in downtown San Diego
Work up an appetite for that Thanksgiving meal while also helping hungry San Diegans with this 10K and 5K run through downtown San Diego. The 10K is at 7 a.m. and the 5K is at 8:15 a.m., both starting from Horton Plaza Mall on Broadway. Bring the family – including your pooch. Each registered dog receives a bandana and treats along the course. All profits from the race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and hunger-relief programs such as the JFS Food Mobile and HandUp Food Pantry managed by Jewish Family Service of San Diego. For each registered runner’s fee, at least 185 meals will be provided to San Diegans in need.

Del Mar Thanksgiving Family Mile Fun Run
8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Del Mar Racetrack
While waiting for the turkey to cook, head over to the Del Mar Racetrack for a little family fun run – a one-mile lap around the track. Registered participants will receive racetrack admission, parking and a special T-shirt. A portion of the proceeds from this run will benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center and its equestrian therapy program for children and adults with special needs.

Friday, Nov. 27

San Diego Gulls vs. Ontario Reign
7:05 p.m., Valley View Casino Center
Enjoy a little hockey the day after Thanksgiving as the San Diego Gulls take on the Ontario Reign at this home game at Valley View Casino Center on Sports Arena Boulevard. Available tickets, at this point, range from $18 to $60 per person, depending on the section.

USO Giving Tree Ceremony
6:30 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
The Headquarters at Seaport has joined forces with USO San Diego to kick off a three-week fundraising and donation program that benefits active-duty military families, and it all begins with this holiday celebration featuring a performance by the All-American Boys Chorus, free hot chocolate, a visit with Santa Claus and the lighting of a 25-foot-tall holiday tree known as “The Giving Tree.” Visitors can donate toys and gift cards for military children, and those gifts will go under The Giving Tree. More than 1,000 local military families will benefit from this program this season, which runs through 12 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Pop-Up Speakeasy: Rendezvous Lounge
9 p.m. to 11 p.m., The US GRANT Hotel
This pop-up speakeasy in a secret location within The US GRANT hotel in downtown San Diego will be led by Chef de Bar, Cory Alberto. Guests will enjoy unlimited Prohibition-era cocktails while enjoying live jazz music and mixing and mingling in the historic space. Tickets are $60 per person and include a personalized password and directions to the top secret Rendezvous Lounge location. Fun fact: from 1920 to 1933, during the Prohibition years, The US GRANT housed a popular San Diego speakeasy where, under the ownership of Baron Long, barrels of booze made their way into the hotel via underground tunnels leading directly to the bay where smugglers would rendezvous to acquire alcohol.

SoundDiego Suggestion:
7 p.m., the Irenic
Thanksgiving leftovers got you feelin’ immobile? Perfecto! Copeland is the band for you, then, because they won’t make you do much but stand there and listen to the soft alt-rock stylings the Florida-formed band offer. Hell, the Irenic’s got that carpeted, cleanish floor – why not bring a blanket, stake out your favorite piece of floor, and just wrap yourself in warm Copeland coos?

Saturday, Nov. 28

6th Annual Pomegranate Days Festival 
12 p.m., Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona Friday through Sunday
East County residents, stop by this favorite annual tradition throughout the weekend with the whole family for some post-Thanksgiving fun. The festival will features a wild west turkey stampede, a cirque event with high-flying acrobats, a barbeque, a camel Q&A and, of course, pomegranate feeding with the camels! General admission costs $15; kids get in for $10 and kids under three are free. Paid admission includes parking, all shows and a pomegranate feeding ticket.

Fall Beer and Cider Festival 
11 a.m., Del Mar Racetrack
Beer lovers, this one’s for you! This unique fest will showcase more than 100 different craft brews from around San Diego, including special seasonal beers and a variety of ciders. Admission into the Beer Fest area is free with the track admission of $6, and you can buy full sized beers or pay for a sampling price.

Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll 
2 p.m., University Heights to Kensington on Adams Avenue
The first annual Spirit Stroll will highlight 24 local businesses in a festive walk for those 21 and older. Twelve local eateries and bars will mix, pour and serve spirits during the adventure. Advance tickets cost $18.

Julian Country Christmas 
1 p.m., Julian Town Hall
With Thanksgiving officially over, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Julian will light their tree in an annual ceremony at Pioneer Museum Park as musical performers sing carols. Starting at 1 p.m., enjoy sweet treats, a living nativity and shopping from local vendors. Once the tree is lit – get ready to spot Mr. and Mrs. Claus coming through to say hello! The event is free.

Surfin’ Santa’s Arrival at Seaport Village 
1 p.m., Seaport Village
It’s official – Surfin’ Santa is coming to town! Stop by Seaport Village to celebrate the beloved character’s arrival in sunny San Diego during a holiday parade. Children and adults of all ages can stop and take photos with him and his wave. The event is free.

Sunday, Nov. 29

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas 
5 p.m., Old Globe Theatre
Time to march on down to Whoville! It’s a classic holiday movie, written by a beloved San Diegan. The Old Globe’s whimsical musical, now in its 18th year, will play at the Balboa Park theater. Tickets start at $24.

The Peach Kings
8:30 p.m., Casbah
Whatever you do for holiday weekend, make sure it ends with the Peach Kings at Casbah. This sultry L.A.-based duo translate noir love stories into musical landscapes scratchy with a satisfying buzz. There’s something inherently sexy at work here, and for just $10 at the door, the whole night just got that much better looking.

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<![CDATA[Loaded Semi-Truck Crashes on Railroad Tracks]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:57:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Semi-Train-Tracks-1127.jpg

A semi-truck loaded with a large shipment of televisions overturned on southbound Interstate 5 near Friday morning, landing on railroad tracks and causing delays in Amtrak train service for Southern California commuters and major traffic on the busy freeway.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the driver of the semi-truck fell asleep at the wheel just after 12:30 a.m. on I-5 just south of the San Onofre truck inspection facility. Nodding off, the driver made an unsafe move at the wheel and the semi drifted down an embankment before it overturned and landed on nearby railroad tracks.

No one was injured in the collision, and no other vehicles were involved, investigators said.

Transit officials shut down Amtrak service in the area while crews worked to get the semi off the tracks. Because the truck was filled with televisions, CHP said special equipment was needed to properly move the vehicle off the tracks and tow it.

The CHP issued a SigAlert along southbound I-5 at Basilone Road around 10:15 a.m., saying traffic was very slow all the way from Highway 74. At 11:50 a.m., traffic along the I-5 was at a standstill, backed up for miles and miles due to the accident and subsequent clean-up process. Get traffic updates here.

It was unclear, as of 10:30 a.m., how long the Amtrak service delays in the area would last.

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<![CDATA[NSA's Bulk Phone Data Collection Program Ends]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:52:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nsa1.jpg

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American stopped at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began two and a half years ago with disclosures about the secret program by whistleblower Edward Snowden, NBC News reported. 

Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.

Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.

President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ended Saturday.

For now, the National Security Agency, which ran the massive government data collection program, will retain access to the data it collected before the program ended.

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<![CDATA[Great-Grandma, 102, Plays Ball With MLB Family]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:33:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/102-year-old-grandma-baseball.gif

“Keep your eye on the ball.”

A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.

The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.

But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.

One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.

"I taught them everything they know," Sellaro says.

Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.

But long before they were playing in the big leagues, their training began in a quiet La Jolla cul-de-sac. Sellaro was there dealing out advice “since the first time we picked up a bat, I think,” said Bradley.

“I think that was about two days after we started walking,” quipped Kyle. "It’s been a long time."

Back then, the Zimmers and their friends would keep the wiffle balls within easy reach. However, as they grew, the balls soon started flying across streets, over fences and into neighbor’s yards.

“We've had to extend the home run line,” said Eric Zimmer, the players’ dad. “It used to be the curb, and then it was the sidewalk, then it was the neighbor’s roof.”

The annual Thanksgiving game has become less competitive with fewer rules, but their favorite part remains the same.

“Anytime you can say you have a grandma who's 102 years old and showing you how to hit a wiffle ball in the backyard, it's pretty special,” said Bradley. “So having her down here has been awesome. It's something that we really cherish and look forward to every year."

Sellaro used to travel long distances to watch her great-grandsons play, but as traveling becomes harder, she shows her support by watching their games on TV or online.

In person, though, the batting coach instincts kick back in.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” she says, pointing at Kyle. “And that goes for you, too.”

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA['Black Lives Matter Not Black Friday': Protesters ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:14:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/black+lives+matter1.JPG

As part of the nationwide movement, protesters gathered in downtown San Diego Friday because ‘Black Lives Matter not Black Friday.'

“I felt it was important to support the movement because just so many black lives are being wasted – not only black lives – but all lives. All lives matter. I felt it was important for my children to be a part of it,” mother Sindhu Sadhaka told NBC7.

During the press conference at the Hall of Justice, the group called for Black Friday to be permanently renamed 'Black Lives Matter' Friday.

“We are asking that our people hold back their money on Black Friday, which is today up until after January 1,” David Muhammad of Justice or Else said at the press conference. “Once we pull back economically from the corporations – corporations dictate to politicians what must be done. So the corporations will feel it and they in turn will tell the politicians to give the people justice.”

After the press conference protesters marched through the streets of downtown amid the Black Friday shoppers.

“These are my sons and they’re twelve and statistically they could be like right there in the mix,” Sadhaka said. “I don’t want them to become another statistic. I want somebody to care about their lives as much as I do.”

The group was created in 2012 after the controversial death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

Photo Credit: NBC7]]>
<![CDATA[Pet Predictions: Chargers at Jaguars]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:44:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Chargers_McCoy_Monday_pkg_1200x675_572912707972.jpg

The Chargers aren’t taking the holiday weekend off as they head out east to face the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday at 10 a.m. local time.

Since the pets of San Diego were in holiday mode, I put tortoise Voldetort to the test to see who will come out victorious Sunday. We also got a must see video from our friends at the Helen Woodward Animal Center (AnimalCenter.org) with alpacas Kuzco and Kronk.

Does your pet want to be featured next week? Just send a video of them predicting the AFC West showdown between the Chargers and Broncos by December 4th to Becki.Schildhouse@nbcuni.com or tweet/intagram it to @BeckiSSD.

*NBC 7 will not use any video where it appears an animal is being forced to do something it does not want to do.

<![CDATA[Wheelchair Returned to Girl, 4]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:36:00 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/192*120/nolegs-112515.PNG

The parents of a 4-year-old Santa Ana, California, girl who received an outpouring of support, including a $10,000 check, after their disabled daughter's wheelchair was stolen this week, have been presented with yet another miracle.

Rosa Perez woke up Friday to find her daughter, Milagros', wheelchair had been returned.

Perez said her husband came home and discovered the wheelchair by a trash can outside their apartment complex. He told her to look outside and she immediately broke down in tears.

Milagros, or "miracle" in Spanish, was born without legs, a heart condition and other ailments.

Her wheelchair was stolen Saturday night from behind a gate that couldn't be locked because it is a common area in the complex in the 400 block of South Flower Street.

Milagros' family pleaded to the public for help this week to get back Milagros' motorized wheelchair, which is the miracle girl's main way of getting to school.

After NBC4 viewer Joyce Brandman saw the newscast Wednesday, she came to the rescue, donating $10,000 for a new specialized wheelchair. The viewer called the assignment desk and said that after hearing Milagros' story on NBC4, she just had to help.

"What better gift can I give myself for the holidays than to reach out to help this child?" said Brandman.

Brandman handed over a check for $10,000 from the nonprofit Saul Brandman Foundation so that the family could buy a new specialized wheelchair built especially for Milagros.

The donor was delighted to hear that Milagros' wheelchair had been found and said the family could keep the money she donated.

"Now you see, out of something bad, something good happened. She had her wheelchair stolen, now the wheelchair has been returned and she's going to get the help and special care she needs," said Brandman.

Perez said others have also donated wheelchairs, which she hopes to donate to another family in need.

Santa Ana police had no surveillance images or any descriptions of the thief.

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<![CDATA[Protesters March on Black Friday]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:48:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-498957456.jpg

Hundreds of protesters descended on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, marching up the major shopping strip in Chicago in response to the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.

The demonstration, organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several community activists and church leaders, began at 11 a.m. Friday. It started at Michigan and Wacker and proceeded to Water Tower Place, where some protesters attempted to block store entrances at Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret and Macy's.

Carrying signs that read "Stop police terror" and chanting "Rahm Emanuel has to go" and "Garry McCarthy must step down," protesters blocked traffic on both sides of the Mag Mile. Guided by police, the protest along the Mag Mile remained peaceful.

"This is what it should be about," state Rep. Marcus Evans told NBC 5 during the protest. "This is Chicago. This is an international city. We can't afford to let the embarrassments of other places happen here. We have to be the example. Justice in Chicago, I believe that."

"We are marching for children," protester Kate Malden said. "Look at that sign right there. This is a child. It is absurd that we are out here right now. It's 2015. It's been 60 freaking years of civil rights movements and nothing has changed, and that's not OK."

At one point, protesters attempted to get into Macy's on Water Tower Place, as well as H&M and Columbia on Michigan Avenue, saying if they weren't allowed it, no one would be able to get out.

Traffic was blocked for four hours. Protesters continued to block the entrances of some stores, and at around 4:30 p.m. a fight was reported outside Banana Republic.

The purpose of the Black Friday protest is to bring the attention of the world to Chicago and to call for change via "mass demonstrations" and voter registration, Jackson said. 

"It's not enough to focus on what brought us here today, the execution of this young man (Laquan McDonald)," Jackson said. "That takes the scab off a deeper sore, a deeper cancer. So we want mass demonstrations, mass voter registration."

The Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday endorsed the march and CTU President Karen Lewis encouraged all member to "express their outrage and dignity" by participating in the demonstration.

"While we're talking a lot of money, toys, and clothes and consumer items, we ought to start thinking about where we need to really spend our money," Lewis said.

"We're here to take a simple stand for justice," CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said during the protest.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said protests so far have gone "exceptionally well" and credited the professionalism of the police department.

"It's remarkable what they do, and that's why we're not having problems that other cities have had," he said Friday. "We're trying to help [protesters] do what they want to do, quite frankly."

Jackson said 450 shootings have taken place in Chicago this year, which he believes should have gained the same media attention as the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut and on the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt.

Jackson headed a press conference Wednesday, a day after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for shooting McDonald to death. The video tape showing the incident was also released to the public the same day. During the conference, Jackson asked for an investigation into the video and the timing of its release.

"We want a firm investigation on the suppression of the tapes," Jackson said. "The suppression of the tapes was manipulated for someone's advantage at the expense of others."

Footage from the dash-cam video was released more than a year after the October 2014 shooting. Several officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, faced harsh criticism for the timing of the video's release, and some residents and activists called for the resignation of all three of them this week. Jackson also called for a new police superintendent and a "new infrastructure." 

"The governor has a role to play. He’s been silent in this," Jackson said. "The state’s attorney [has] a role to play, the U.S. attorney a role to play. They should all get together. The police chief and his infrastructure needs to go, the state’s attorney should resign and should not run again. And all of those who saw the tape and who did nothing but suppress it, must also be made accountable."

Alvarez defended herself and Emanuel on Tuesday after first-degree murder charges were filed against Van Dyke, saying the mayor's plea last week to keep the video away from the public eye "was in the best interest of the investigation." Alvarez added that the reason it took 13 months to charge Van Dyke is because investigations into police shootings and misconduct are "massive and labor intensive." 

Minutes before the video was released, Emanuel said he hadn't seen it yet and was waiting until the rest of the city could see it, too. He added that he hoped the release of the video would help "build bridges of understanding" in the city instead of inciting unrest.

"I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said. "I understand that people will be upset and want to protest when they see this video. But I would like to echo the comments of the McDonald family. They asked for calm and that those who choose to speak out do it peacefully."

Earlier this week, protesters took to downtown city streets in protest, resulting in several arrests. A group of protesters were also seen tearing the lights from the Christmas treet standing in Millennium Park. Still, officials say the protests have been largely peaceful. 

The Magnificent Mile Association said in a statement that it respects the right to assemble but hopes the demonstrations remain peaceful.

"The Magnificent Mile Association represents the interests of employees and businesses in the famous North Michigan Avenue District of Chicago," the statement read. "We respect the American freedom to assemble and the process in the pursuit of social justice. We hope that any assembly on Friday will continue to be peaceful."

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<![CDATA[K Sandwiches Owners Survey Rubble, Vow to Rebuild]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:22:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tran+family+k+sandwiches.PNG

For the first time in a decade, K Sandwiches -- a staple of the Linda Vista community -- won’t be selling its popular French loaves for Thanksgiving dinner.

The business burned down in August, and the site that once held the Vietnamese sandwich shop is still covered in rubble nearly four months later.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Tran family, who owned the eatery, walked through the ruins and looked back on Aug. 4.

“It’s sad. We put so much hard work,” said Jennifer Tran. “We work every day, sometimes for 10 hours.”

That night, a fire started in the back corner of the shop when an oven malfunctioned. Everyone was able to get out, but the building was a complete loss. The Trans were forced to shut it down.

Just recently, the family received the proper permits to begin cleanup. They plan to rebuild and be open for business sometime next summer or fall.

Still, they couldn’t help looking back on past years and wishing they were in the same situation.

“Last year we would have people lined up from here to the outside of the door just waiting for our bread, and this year after the fire….” Man Tran said, trailing off.

Despite the sad sight before them, the Trans remained positive this Thanksgiving.

“I’m still thankful for my community and all the people around here who supported us,” said Mike Tran.

Jennifer said when they rebuild, they’ll be better than before.

<![CDATA[Photos: Rain, Snow, Chilly Temps]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:24:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/229*120/Mount+Laguna+1127.jpg Rain, snow and chilly temps swept San Diego County on Thanksgiving weekend 2015. Here are some images of the weather.]]> <![CDATA[World War II-Style Bunker Burns to the Ground in Chula Vista]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:40:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula_vista_fire_pic_1200x675_574911555834.jpg

A shed that looked like a World War II-style bunker became engulfed in flames in Chula Vista Thanksgiving Day, according to Chula Vista Fire Battalion Chief Sean Lowery.

Flames were seen shooting from the shed, which sat in front of a three-unit apartment building in the 600 block of G Street. 

Chula Vista, National City and San Diego fire crews quickly responded to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes. However, the bunker was burned to the ground.

"This is actually an out-building that kind of resembles an old World War II-style bunker, and it's been here in the city as long as any of us can remember," said Lowery. 

He told NBC 7 the building has had some incidents in the past, but he did not detail what those incidents were.

Witnesses said there was a potential person of interest seen leaving the scene of the fire.

Police helped to block off the area to traffic as fire crews extinguised the flames. 

No further information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[West Point Bans Cadet Pillow Fights After 30 Injured]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:05:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WestPoint-AP_161758363204.jpg

Pillow fights involving cadets will now be banned at West Point, U.S. Military Academy officials said.

The move comes after a bloody fight left 30 injured this summer. On Aug. 20, the fight escalated into a free-for-all, with plebes being hit from behind and knocked to the ground. Injuries ranged from a broken nose, a fractured cheek and 24 concussions.

Actions are being pursued against many of those involved, according to The Associated Press. 

The annual pillow fight is organized by first-year students, known as “plebes,” to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Fake Immigration Attorney to Face Judge: Police]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:54:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Micallela+Aguilera+Coleman.JPG

A woman accused of posing as an attorney so she could take advantage of immigrants was transferred to San Diego jail this week. She is scheduled to begin pre-trial hearings Dec. 3 on suspicion of fraud charges, according to a National City fraud detective.

Police in three counties credit NBC7 Investigates with the suspect’s arrest.

Micallela Aguilera, aka Michelle Christine Morales, was arrested in Huntington Beach in April 2015 following a series of NBC7 stories.

A detective told NBC7 that Morales has now been convicted on similar charges in Tulare County and Orange County. San Diego County’s “Who’s In Jail” website indicates Morales is facing two counts of unauthorized practice of law, two counts of grand theft and one count for allegedly writing a bad check.

South Bay resident A.J. Aguirre, an alleged victim, told NBC 7 her family gave the woman $3,000 because she offered them legal help and immigration services. Some of Aguirre’s family members are not legally allowed to live or work in the U.S.

"It's just horrible,” Aguirre said. “It's a horrible feeling because you lose your money, your savings, your trust. You feel ashamed because you think you did something wrong."

Morales is also wanted in Michigan on state fraud charges, according to Michigan state police.

News reports from WWMT-TV, a local TV station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, highlighted Aguilera's medical telemarketing company in July 2014 after 15 employees told the news station she hadn't paid them, but she had collected a $65 background check fee.

Individuals targeting immigrant families like Aguirre’s are rampant in California, according to state lawmakers and the Attorney General.

“This has been going on for decades,” State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-80th District) Gonzalez said. “We have a bunch of scammers out there who know this is a vulnerable population, who are not likely to report it to the authorities, and the scam artists can simply take their money and run.”

San Diego Deputy District Attorney Gina Darvas said her office has a memorandum of understanding between Homeland Security Investigations and the DA's office, protecting immigrants who report alleged crimes.

"When a victim comes forward to report this crime, if they are undocumented, they will not end up in deportation proceedings as a result," said Darvas.

Despite that understanding, Darvas says her office only prosecutes about four cases of immigration fraud a year because she said victims are reluctant to come forward.

<![CDATA[Longtime North Park Little League Coach, 88, Dies]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:11:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Joe-Schloss-Obit-1.jpg

An 88-year-old man who coached youth baseball in San Diego for the past 60 years passed away Wednesday following a brief illness, North Park Little League confirmed.

The organization announced the passing of Joe Schloss on its Facebook page, posting this heartfelt message:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing today of Joe Schloss, who managed youth baseball in North Park for 60 years, the last 57 years at North Park Little League. Joe was 88 years old. He died following a brief illness.

A World War II veteran, and the longtime owner of A-B Sporting Goods in North Park, Joe was a loving husband and proud father. He touched the lives of all those he knew. Generations of baseball players played for Joe, and all who knew him appreciated his love for the game, his passion for teaching and his friendly manner. Joe was one of a kind. Our thoughts are with Joe's family at this time. We will update with more news as we receive it.”

Many people took to Facebook to express their condolences. One person wrote: "The legend will live on" while another posted, "RIP. North Park will miss you."

NBC 7 spoke with Schloss this past May. At 88 years young, he was vibrant and happy, and deeply dedicated to his career as a coach with North Park Little League.

On May 16, 2015, leaders from the City and County of San Diego held a special ceremony at Morley Field to declare May 16 “Joe Schloss Day.” The coach was honored for his dedication to the sport and players.

That day, Schloss attended the ceremony alongside his wife, Barbara. Some of his former players – many of them now adults – were there to cheer him on, and even former players from other Little League teams showed up.

Schloss said he was overwhelmed and a little embarrassed by the attention, but thrilled to be there.
“It's a great honor,” he said at the May ceremony, humbled.

Schloss said his longevity as a coach had been a team effort helped along by many co-coaches over the decades.

“Sixty years have just flown by. I feel the same way. Time just flies away and what you've taught these kids, you hope they understand and learn,” he told NBC 7.

Schloss, a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific during World War II, coached his first team in 1956, which made 2015 his 60th season. He said he had no plans of hanging up his clipboard anytime soon.

“I still enjoy it and I still can stand coming to the ballpark, meeting the kids and having some fun with the children and when it ceases to be fun, I’m not coming back,” said Schloss.

In the time since his coaching streak started we’ve seen the invention of the internet, a space shuttle land on the moon and the rise of Martin Luther King Jr.

Some of Schloss’ first players are now in their 70s.

He was a founding member of North Park Little League and has a field named in his honor, but some say another remarkable streak is held by another Schloss – the coach’s wife – who attended every single game, watching intently from the bleachers.

“Most coaches coach when their children are playing and when their children are no longer playing they get out of the program,” Barbara told NBC 7 in May. “He coaches for the love of coaching.”

Photo Credit: North Park Little League/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Eater San Diego: New Winery, Top Tequila Bars]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:39:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eater-Vinavanti-1126_edited-1.jpg

Amid Thanksgiving week, Eater San Diego shares the most recent stories from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including the debut of Vinavanti Urban Winery in Hillcrest, the local expansion of Ike's Place sandwich shop and the best places to drink agave-based spirits.

Vinavanti Urban Winery Uncorks in Hillcrest
Now pouring on University Avenue, this local winery recently transplanted its wine-making facility into a newly-remodeled space that's serving its natural wines by the flight, glass or bottle along with perfectly paired, wine-friendly bites.

San Francisco's Popular Ike's Place Debuts Sandwich Shop
Slotting into The Hub in Hillcrest is the first local outpost for this Bay Area-based concept that's developed a fervent following for its overstuffed sandwiches; its signature menu now includes sandwiches named for San Diego icons Tony Gwynn and Junior Seau. 

Where to Drink Tequila, Mezcal & More
The ever-expanding spotlight on Mexican cuisine in San Diego also means a growing thirst for tequila and mezcal. This week, Eater rounded up a list of dedicated bars and restaurants with strong drink programs featuring the best collections of agave-based spirits.

Carlsbad's Campfire Scores Former CUCINA enoteca Chef
Coming to North County next spring is this concept based on live-fire cookery and craft cocktails; helming the kitchen will be newly named executive chef Andrew Bachelier, who last worked at Del Mar's CUCINA enoteca.

Old Harbor Distilling Launches Campaign for Expansion
New legislation means that local distilleries will soon be able to serve cocktails, sell spirits on-site and host events; Old Harbor Distilling in downtown San Diego's East Village is currently crowdfunding to construct a cocktail bar and expand the barrel-aging of its small-batch spirits.

Photo Credit: Vinavanti
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<![CDATA[Proposed CA Bill Calls for Double Pay on Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:23:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6PM_PKG_GONZALEZ_HOLIDAY_PAY--RASCON_1200x675_574513731562.jpg

 A proposed California state bill would require big retailers with at least 500 employees to pay their workers double on Thanksgiving.

The bill, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), was originally introduced a year ago and would have required double time pay for employees working specific “family holidays,” with a few exceptions.

The legislation passed two committees, but failed 34- 29 on the assembly floor in June.

Gonzalez now wants to change the bill to include only Thanksgiving and require paying retail employees double pay if they have to work the holiday. The bill would include large employers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Old Navy, Toys R Us, JC Penny, and more.

The idea behind the update is that, if stores want to open up and start their Black Friday sales early on, Gonzalez said those retailers should share their holiday profits with those employees.

“It is clear we are targeting an industry that can choose to do more, that if mandated it will not drive them out of California. It will not drive them into the red,” Gonzalez said.

Opponents argue the bill would increase costs and put brick and mortar stores at a competitive disadvantage to online retailers. They also say this kind of bill forces employers to recognize certain days as a holiday by paying workers double pay.

Mickey Kasparian, with United Dood and Commercial Workers, said union members already get double pay on holidays, but this proposed bill would require double-pay for all big retailer employees on Thanksgiving.

“In California, of course workers don't have the right to not show up to work,” Kasparian said. “They don't have the right to any sort of holiday pay. They can of course lose their job if they refuse to work on a major holiday.”

California law as it is allows employers to mandate scheduled overtime.

<![CDATA[Woman Fights to Save Yazidis From Extermination]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:47:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vian-Dahkil.jpg

Iraqi legislator Vian Dahkil is seen by many as the last and only hope for Yazidis, an ancient religious minority reviled by ISIS and driven from their historic homeland on Mount Sinjar in August 2014.

ISIS has captured thousands of women and children, around 2,500 of whom are still in the militants' hands, Dakhil told NBC News. 

The 42-year-old regularly fields calls from captured women and girls begging for help, then she works with Kurdish security forces and an underground network of activists to try and rescue them. The activists are often forced to pay smugglers to help hostages escape.

"Sometimes I hear some things I can't imagine — girls, maybe 15 years old, with two or three ISIS men raping [them]," said Dahkil. "The Yazidi girls those terrorist [are] buying and selling, Yazidi girls sometimes [for] $100, sometimes one cigarette — they sell the girls and nobody does anything."

Her international campaign, which includes efforts to help the nearly half-a-million families living in camps, has put her on the extremists' hit list so she travels with an armed guard.

Photo Credit: Yuka Tachibana/NBC News
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<![CDATA[Arrest in Chicago Boy's Killing]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:51:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tyshawn+lee2.jpg

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured from a Chicago park to a nearby alley where he was "assassinated," authorities said Friday.

Corey Morgan, who was earlier considered a "person of interest" in the case, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Police believe he was one of three people involved in the young boy's execution-style shooting in Chicago earlier this month. 

In bond court on Friday, a visibly angry Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Morgan held without bail for a crime she called "exceptionally brutal and heinous." Judge Chiampas called Morgan a danger to the public and said the night Tyshawn was killed, he was a predator grabbing prey.

Authorities have said Tyshawn was lured from a park into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen. The grade-schooler was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon in what authorities have said was a gang-related incident.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the shooting "a crime that shook our city" and said the "targeted and calculated" killing was gang retaliation to get back at Tyshawn's father. 

Morgan, 27, was arrested last week on an unrelated weapons charge, but had been free on bail after meeting the $1 million bond requirements with the help of his girlfriend. Police say he was in violation of his bond when he was taken into custody this week. 

Morgan's attorney, Jeff Kent, said Morgan has denied having any involvement in the young boy's murder. 

"[Morgan] maintained his innocence when police questioned him a couple of weeks ago and maintains his innocence now," Kent said in a statement released on Morgan's behalf last week. "His family is supporting him through this ordeal. He says he had nothing to do with Tyshawn Lee's execution. The entire city wants the person who did this caught but it's not Corey."

The murder weapon has not yet been recovered and police say they're searching for another suspect identified as Kevin Edwards, allegedly a member of the same gang as Morgan, who they believe was also involved in the murder. Edwards is wanted on a first-degree murder charge, police said. 

A third suspect is already in custody on an unrelated charge, and McCarthy said he is "not getting out anytime soon."

Investigators said at least three people were involved in the killing, but it's not clear yet who did what. 

Police noted that members of the community have been vital to the investigation.

"This was very clearly not a case of no snitching, but there was a lot of fear," McCarthy said.

McCarthy also vowed to "obliterate" the gangs involved in the shooting. 

Tyshawn was a student at Scott Joplin School, where his teachers say he was a "delight" to have in class. He liked to play sports and video games.

"He was supposed to play ball. That's all he do, all he liked to do is play ball and play video games," Tyshawn's mother, Karla Lee, said. "He didn't hurt nobody. I don't know why this happened."

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<![CDATA[Pope Presses Case for Dignified Housing in Visit to Nairobi Slum]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:36:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PopeNairobi-AP_120869002272.jpg

Pope Francis visited a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, calling for adequate and dignified housing for society’s most marginal, The Associated Press reported.

Kangemi is one of 11 slums in Nairobi and has about 50,000 residents living without basic sanitation.

The pope referred to the problem of urban shanties when speaking to the African U.N. headquarters on Thursday, saying everyone has the right to “dignified living conditions,” and that local residents’ views must be taken into account when new constructions are designed.

Francis is due to arrive in the Central African Republic on the next leg of his trip, where there is ongoing conflicts between Christians and Muslims.

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<![CDATA[Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:18:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carson-AP_843823648598.jpg

Ben Carson will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan on Friday, campaign officials said Thursday.

Officials confirmed the trip on Thursday night, after the New York Times first reported that the Republican presidential candidate plans to visit a refugee camp in northern Jordan.

"I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression," Carson told the Times before his departure.

A recent poll shows support for Carson in Iowa has dropped 10 points since October, when he stood in first place.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Strip, Hide in Pool: PD]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:32:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SAN+LEANDRO+VERIZON+ROBBERY+VSV+%28WED%29+-+00000418.jpg

San Leandro police arrested two men on suspicious of stealing iPads and then jumping into a popular Oakland, California, recreational pool - in only their boxers - to try to avoid capture.

But residents nearby and swimmers all thought the scene was pretty odd, and helped lead police to their arrest.

“It’s very, very rare,” Lt. Robert McManus said. “It’s the first of its kind with somebody stripping down into their boxing shorts trying to blend in the crowd in a swimming pool. They were the only two adult males in the crowd. The rest were teenagers.”

Detectives now believe that the men are responsible for similar thefts throughout the East Bay, including one at a San Leandro Radio Shack store on Monday afternoon, McManus said. He did not identify them or release their photos to allow other Bay Area agencies to investigate their cases.

On Wednesday about 1:30 p.m., a plain clothes detective was in the parking lot at the Westgate Shopping Center on Davis Street when he saw a white Cadillac El Dorado driving through the parking lot with three men inside, who appeared to be acting suspiciously.

McManus said the detective watched as the Cadillac, registered to an address on the Peninsula, backed into a parking stall and stopped. The driver and front passenger got out of the car and walked towards the Verizon store, out of the detective’s view, leaving the third passenger in the car.

Minutes later, the detective saw the driver and passenger sprinting back to the Cadillac as they were being chased by a Verizon employee, police said. They got into the car and fled through the parking lot, smashing into an Enterprise box truck, before driving over cement medians.

The detective radioed to other officers and began to follow the Cadillac as it sped out of the parking lot, running through two red lights heading north on Interstate 880 at Davis Street, McManus said. More police arrived. Eventually they found the empty Cadillac on Clara Street, near Edes Avenue in Oakland, a few blocks north of 98th Avenue.

Neighbors told police they saw the suspects running toward the Brookfield Recreation Center in the 9100 block of Edes Ave. Others directed the officers into the building, which had teens and seniors inside. There, they found the men had tried to pose as swimmers: They took off their clothes and slipped into the pool wearing only boxer shorts.

The detectives recognized the two men from surveillance footage from a similar burglary that occurred at the Radio Shack store located at 1359 Washington Ave. on Monday afternoon, where more high-end electronic items were stolen, police said.

Police searched the area and found the stolen iPads, iPhones believed to have been stolen in other thefts, the keys to the Cadillac and some of the clothing worn by the men, underneath a parked car, near the recreation center.

Police have arrested both men on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, and other related crimes. The third man, who remained in the car during the theft, fled and has not been found, McManus said.

The pair are expected to appear be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Online Sales Surge, but Thousands Lining Up for Black Friday]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:28:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BlackFridayMacys-AP_931186516506.jpg

Thousands of shoppers are still choosing to line up in the stores to make sure they got the best deals. The tradition of getting there early was still going strong, according to NBC News.

Hundreds lined nine levels of escalators at Macy's flagship store in New York City to get Black Friday deals on Thursday.

Many more consumers opted to stay home and shop online, according to NBC News.

Online sales increased 24 percent through 11 a.m. ET Thursday, compared to the same 12-hour period on Thanksgiving last year, according to Adobe Digital Index, which tracks real-time data for retailers.

Online shops are also reporting greater sales volumes - as much as 50 percent from midnight to noon, including 31 percent at Amazon.com, online retail data aggregator, Channel Advisor, said.

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<![CDATA[Niger Says Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 18 in Border Village]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:24:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Niger+map.png

Boko Haram militants killed 18 people in an attack on a village in the Niger's southern border area of Diffa on the Nigerian border on Thursday, the country’s government said.

The gunmen arrived in the village of Gogone near the shores of Lake Chad on foot and fired on residents and attacked their homes, security sources said. They also fired rockets in the attack, according to the sources.

Niger has suffered numerous cross-border attacks by Boko Haram, which has a stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

A state of emergency has been declared there in a bid to boost security, according to NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Germany to Support Campaign Against ISIS After French Appeal]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:29:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MerkelHollande-AP_993382740121.jpg

Germany will deploy military personnel and hardware in the fight against ISIS militants in Syria, according to Reuters.

The country agreed after a direct appeal from France to do more in the fight against militancy. Germany expects to commit four to six Tornado jets, satellite support, refueling planes and a frigate to help protect a French aircraft carrier.

It’s a shift for Germany, which has resisted direct involvement in the conflict. Germany will not, however, join France, Russia and the U.S. in airstrikes in Syria.

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised the support, which has yet to be approved by parliament.

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<![CDATA[Ice Storm, Flooding Risk Threatens Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:29:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Weather-AP_487424761544.jpg

A blast of cold air was threatening to whip up a Black Friday ice storm across the center of the country, forecasters said.

Ice-storm warnings and other watches and advisories covered a 900-mile stretch from New Mexico and western Texas to Missouri and the Iowa border. Heavy rain is also expected further east, NBC News reported.

The National Weather Service announced that Dallas-Fort Worth broke its all-time yearly rainfall total at 12:14 a.m. local time (1:14 a.m. ET) on Friday, recording 53.56 inches over 2015. The area was also under a flash-flood warning.

Forecasters said the blast of wintery weather could "wreak havoc on the roadways" as millions of people prepare to be traveling over the holiday weekend.

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<![CDATA[Mali Arrests Two Suspects Linked to Hotel Attack: Ministry]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:24:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MaliAttacks-AP_457868932560.jpg

Two people suspected of links to an attack on a hotel in Mali’s capital that killed 20 people were arrested, the country’s security ministry said on Thursday.

The two have not yet been identified. Three Islamist groups have claimed the strike, Reuters reported.

At least two armed men attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday in a raid. Six Russians, three Chinese and an American were killed in the worst jihadist strike in the country in years.

The siege ended when commandos stormed the hotel and freed 170 hostages. Two attackers were killed.

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Shoppers Get Thanksgiving Start]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:15:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/best+buy+black+friday+2.JPG Has it officially become Black Thursday? Shoppers packed into San Diego stores that offered doorbuster sales on Thanksgiving.

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